As we age, we get better at regulating our emotions. In turn, we also get better at being ourselves.
When bad things happen, you’re able to brush them off more easily because you’ve built up greater inertia. It takes more to stop your forward momentum, and you can roll with the punches more easily.
This process isn't necessarily linear. There will be ups and downs, of course, sometimes spanning a year or more.
But ultimately, you'll get better at leaning into what brings you joy with greater intent.
Or in the words of Dolly Parton, "Find out who you are, and do it on purpose."